I do about 8-10 cuts with scissors in a diagonal direction round the
bottom of my toot rolls and then snip off the points of the cuts and
fold the slashes inwards. I don't bother to interlace the cuts or use
any tape on the bottom at all. I just fold inwards.
Yes, I'm fine David. Thank you for asking.
I had to have a minor medical procedure 2 and a half weeks ago and that
kept me quiet for a while. It was only minor repair work that I thought
I should have done before I got too old. Having it done now will make
my life easier as I did get older and more decrepit. I was also away
for all of December house-sitting for a relative who was having a stem
And of course summer was a total washout what with the heat during the
day, (now officially the most hot days in the summer period ever), the
cold at night and the lack of rain. We have only just begun to get
tomatoes in the last 2 weeks when we should have had some at least 2
months ago. Nothing did well and of course we lost every single piece
of fruit on every tree due to an early hot Spring followed by the return
of the cold early Spring. The second summer of 2013 was a total washout
But I'm putting in stuff now hoping for a long Autumn (mostly leafy
greens) and even then I am going to buy large slabs of plastic and straw
bales and try to extent the growing season.
What has kept us amused is bee watching. We had so many in spring but
because of the dry summer we were asked by a friend to report on
sightings. We found the blue banded bees were active and that there
were still lots of honey bees around but they preferred certain plants
at different times of the day or flowering cycle. Watching them and
noting other insects, such as the various wasps has been very
interesting. I can gladly report that our garden has very good
A bad season here except we got some fruit as I was pumping from the dam to
keep the orchard alive. The river stopped for 6 weeks, the longest in ten
years, and the pasture was down to brown stubble heading towards dirt. We
have had some nice rain mid Feb and then again last week, it was getting to
the point that if I didn't get some we would have no summer growth and be
hand-feeding all winter. It looks OK now and if we get some more before
winter I will mow the orchard instead of keeping it as reserve.
As well as being so dry the neighbour had this genius cow that got through
the barb wire, the electric tape round the house area and the chook fence
round the vege garden. She ate all the greens, brasicas etc and tromped the
rest. One night I put her out (with the dogs) three times but she kept
Well done on the fruit. I'm jealous. The only people we've managed to
hear of who have had any fruit at all this year in the whole district is
a couple who live in the centre of the local village and who have
managed to produce edible peaches. They are the talk of all the
gardeners. (As an aside, this bloody program is trying to tell me that
I have spelled 'çentre' incorrectly - bloody poxie thing!)
The river stopped for 6 weeks, the longest
We did that for a couple of years and then decided never to do it again.
Now we just sell stock if we have to and buy again if we need to do
so. Thankfully we too have now had some good rain with follow ups.
It looks OK now and if we
:-)) I'd have brought out the shotgun in the end. A good round of rat
shot up her rear would fix both her and the neighbour. (Now it's trying
to tell me that I've spelled 'neighbour' wrongly and it's telling me
that you have done so too! A pox on the poxie thing!)
I don't even do that . Cut 'em in half , stack 'em in a waterproof
container , fill with soil . By the time the seedlings are ready to
transplant the roots are a solid plug in the bottom . And often coming thru
the sides too !
I've done that too in the past but a change every now and then is as
good as a holiday.
It's amazing how many supermarket items can be recycled usefully in the
garden or in my hobbies. I've found that a flimsy lidded plastic
container that originally contained a certain pastry addiction, is just
perfect for storing prepared locks of fleece waiting for me to spin.
And then there is the plastic lid and base of one of the mixed salad
greens that we sometimes buy and which is perfect for seed starting
because it holds about 6 of the toilet tubes.....
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